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Warning – RANT: I hate LinkedIn


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NOTE: I just deleted a tonne of contacts on LinkedIn – if one of ’em is you, yell at me. I probably did it by mistake. I was trying to get rid of nasty recruitment spammers. I’m down from over 100 to just 55. And more to delete….

I should really sit back and polish this whine, presenting it as some sort of pseudo- research-ethnographic – profound -unbiased report on the social network, LinkedIn. Sod that! It’s my blog 😛 and I wanna have a bitchfest. (Feel free to join me).

Reasons why I hate LinkedIn:

  1. I paid for full membership. Didn’t use it. Dropped membership. Now when I try to do something I consider ‘basic’ it says ‘premium’. Barrier to entry all wrong.
  2. I made the mistake early on of signing up anyone and everyone from my previous companies (Cisco in Asia and UUNET/MCI WorldCom in Europe/Middle East). Big mistake, those companies have about 100,000 employees. My error. Or wasn’t clearly defined.
  3. Don’t bother contacting me if you have Sales Director or Recruitment Consultant in your title. Real life friends, who are groovy and web 2.0 savvy, like Natalie from Xpand, excepted. I didn’t join LinkedIn so you could whore your lousy jobs and revolting products/services to me. And I don’t care how well I “fit” your target demographic. You just don’t get what social networks are about, do you?
  4. I hate the way normally sane, nice, friends see LinkedIn as an excuse to deal with me differently. Put on a “professional” hat and it’s suddenly ok to inflict me, your bestest best friend, with your jobs/products junk mail? Why do I get treated as a number as soon as I am on a “professional” network? Let’s meet on Facebook – I’ll check out your ‘posted items’ and ‘classifieds’ if they are relevant.
  5. clunky interface. ’nuff said. oh and icky colours.
  6. “Your network” supposedly giving me stats and graphs on my network is less than useful. Or at least, I can’t figure it out. You might be able to.

I could go on and on – but I figure you guys have some gripes you’d like to share too. Or do you like LinkedIn? I wrote this blog post then went looking for a “I hate linkedin” picture. Found the one at top on Coding Horror’s Opting out of LinkedIn. Which I intend reading as soon as I hit the Publish Post button. *lays a smackdown on the Publish Post button*

EDIT: I’m giving LinkedIn one last chance. I just sent out “add me” emails to a bunch of real contacts. What can I say? I have a dysfunctional relationship with social networks. *sighs* 😛

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Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

11 thoughts on “Warning – RANT: I hate LinkedIn

  1. I’m very careful what I do with the information I have been allowed to glean about people from social networks. To me its a form or trust. I;m also very careful who I link to. Have been from day one. Guess I have this privacy thing going, no I don’t think you can guess that, but I do.

    LinkedIn is n worst than the others, Its just how you use it. How you approach it. Its like Facebook, aspects of Facebook for me would make a great rant. But I just use it my way. That maynot be the intended way.

  2. I just don’t have this experience with LinkedIn. My level of connectedness is ostensibly similar to yours and I just don’t get the recruitment spam – maybe two so far this year.

    Maybe I have my profile set up all wrong – keywords, skills, etc. You must have the right recruiter spam mojo in yours.

  3. I have to agree with you about the interface- I really really hate it. I don’t enjoy using it. The information design is confusing and just feels like words everywhere.
    No spammy mail yet tho.

  4. Well I think the spammy email might’ve been my own fault.

    You see, I joined in early 2004. I didn’t have many friends *cries* so I signed up anyone and everyone who asked me. Yes, I was a LinkedIn floozy.

    So yesterday when I got to 102 members, I deleted 52. And because I can do math, and you can’t, that means I had exactly 50 left. I messaged a few people, blogged a bit, Facebooked my LinkedIn action and now I am back up to 101 members. But they are MUCH better quality friends – not nasty recruitment spammers – real people I have met and you know, know.

    @Jasmin, but you are right the interface still sucks.

  5. best new site for anti-LinkedIn folks is BizGravity www.bizgravity.com. A free site where folks can actual auction off their time to meet!!!

  6. Hi Laurel, good article. I also got tired of LinkedIn inability to connect people influence for serious business, plus the spam was giving me the S&%Ts… I would appreciate your thoughts on a new startup www.8Contacts.com its like LinkedIn but connects people directly and without the social media aspect. Thanks

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